No. 2 Cal Looks To Hold Off No. 3 Washington

April 18, 2005

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This Week: The Golden Bears travel to Seattle to face longtime rival Washington this Saturday at 9 am. The two teams come into this highly anticipated race ranked in the Top 5 in the country and looking to win the dual race. Last year, the Bears lost to the Huskies on the varsity eight and second varsity eight levels, but won on the freshman eight level.

History of Bears vs. Huskies: This weekend's dual race between Washington and California is the 102nd in the longtime rivalry between the two schools. The first race was held in 1903 in Washington. The race was only a mile and a half, and was straight fours (no coxswains). Washington finished first in the inaugural race with a time of 9:33, with Cal about three lengths behind. The race was the first interstate collegiate regatta west of the Rockies, and the beginning of one of the best collegiate rivalries in the country. What makes this rivalry one of the best is that the two schools are perennial powerhouses. Both have won numerous national championships and Pac-10 titles, and collectively they have dominated the San Diego Crew Classic. In the 31 years of the Crew Classic, the Copley Cup has been won by a school other than Cal or Washington only 11 times.

Windermere Crew Classic Recap: For the third year in a row, the Bears controlled the waters of Redwood Shores to win the Windermere Crew Classic. The varsity eight defeated Oregon State, Yale and Wisconsin by times of 11 seconds, 13 seconds and 14 seconds respectively. The second varsity boat won races over Oregon State, Yale and UC Davis by an average of six seconds. Cal's freshmen eight dominated the field, defeating Oregon State, Stanford and Washington by times of 23 seconds 46 seconds and seven seconds respectively.

Looking Ahead: The next test for the Bears is a re-match with No. 5 Stanford on Saturday, April 30 at Redwood Shores. The first race is scheduled for 9 a.m. The Bears will try to continue their winning ways, while the Cardinal look to bounce back from their loss to Cal in the Copley Cup Final. This figures to be a good race between two crews ranked in the Top 5 nationally.

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